I believe that everything is energy. I believe that the energy that you put out is the energy that you get back. I also believe that this energy earns interest. If you give out good, you get back more good, if you give out bad, you get back more bad. In life we are unable to control other people or situations, we simply can only control ourselves and our reactions to them. I like to think of the gym as a place that we can recycle our emotions into inner strength and self-love. If we are facing challenges in our life that causes us to feel uncomfortable emotions then we can use each and every session in the gym as a metaphor for pushing through these emotional blockages. Not only do you leave the gym feeling energised after your workout but you also leave having more clarity, more self love, inner strength and with a better understanding of how to approach the situation in a healthy and loving manner. By releasing negative emotion such as sadness, fear, anger and rage through training we are able to convert this negative energy into self-love by strengthening our body. We are then able to return to a balanced emotional state having learnt valuable life lessons and having recycled pain into self-love, plus added interest.
I am a big believer in working smarter and not harder in regards to health and fitness. I believe that the more balanced and relaxed we are in approaching our goals and dreams the greater results we achieve. I always like to describe it to people as a pendulum. The more we push our mind and body to the right is equivalent to the amount that the pendulum swings back to the left before slowing down and returning back to the centre. If someone has calorie restricted them selves from Monday to Friday then usually they are secretly binging Saturday and Sunday. If someone is training hard and heavy every single day without adequate rest and repair then usually they end up nursing an injury and losing their hard earned strength. I believe that balance is the key to long-term success. If you are eating at maintenance throughout the week and feel like having a Friday night treat then print off a sweet potato brownie recipe, if you are tired and run down and feel niggling pains in your body then take the day off and have an even better session the following day. Happiness is also a key to success and you cannot achieve happiness without mastering the art of balance. According to Dr Libby there are nine factors that impact whether your body is getting to store fat or burn it. These factors include calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, liver function, gut bacteria, thyroid function, insulin, the nervous system and emotions. From my own personal experience with dieting and training I believe a more balanced and relaxed approach can positively increase all 9 of these factors leaving you with a better body composition and having your body in a greater fat burning state.
We all have those days where we feel like we cannot do it. We all have those things that we feel that we cannot have. We all have those dreams that some times we feel that we will never achieve. What I believe that the gym can teach us is that all these feelings and beliefs are simply barriers within our minds that can be overcome. I love and always refer to the quote that ‘every professional was once an amateur’. Every goal that you have ever set is simply achieved by working through the mental barriers in your mind to reach that level of consciousness of having it in the now. The strength is in the journey of working through these barriers. So what does this have to do with health and fitness? The gym to me is a place that we can go to show us that the body can go and do whatever the mind pushes it to do. We are talking here about being pushed out of your comfort zone and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. Growth happens outside of your comfort zone, at first the fear can be sickening, gut wrenching and sometimes seem so hard that it makes you want to cry. Over time and the more you are outside of your comfort zone the more comfortable it becomes. What was once super hard becomes your new norm. You may look at pictures of your dream body, look at your idols from afar and think that it is out of your reach. I believe it is all mindset and believing in yourself that you can do that too. Nothing is out of your reach; no goal or dream is ever too big or unachievable. Feel the fear of a new meal plan, feel the fear of a new training program, embrace the self-doubt, sabotaging thoughts and feelings and do it anyway. Everything that you want is on the other side of fear and emotions no matter how hard they seem are always safe and temporary.